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Several Christian families in a village located in India’s Uttar Pradesh were attacked, beaten, and cut off from the village’s water supply after they refused to deny their Christian faith. Attacks and resulting social boycotts against Christians has become a common tactic used by Hindu radicals operating at the village level. The siege-like conditions these Christian families are put under are meant to force them to convert to Hinduism or face serious consequences such as starvation, a loss of crops, or even homelessness.

06/27/2017 India (Christian Post) – Christian families were beaten by villagers, forced to take part in Hindu rituals and had the water for their crops cut off in the latest horrifying persecution in India. The families that were targeted in the attack are from Jalalabad village, Ghazipur District in the northern state of Utter Pradesh.

The incident happened on April 25 when a mob led by the village president and his advisers beat up a group of Christians with sticks. Pushpa Kumari, one of the victims, said the mob forced them to eat basil leaves and drink water from the Ganges River that was considered holy.

They were also made to deny Christ. At least 13 young Christians caved in to pressure and reconverted back to Hinduism. The four couples who refused were beaten up. Their water supply was also cut off, leaving their crops exposed to temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius.

During a confrontation at the police station, the victims were accused of forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity. One of the victims, Manoj Kumar, denied this, saying the Christians just gathered at his house on Sundays as they were unable to go to town for worship.

An amicable settlement was reached that both sides will follow their own respective religious practices peacefully, and no charges were filed. But the water problem wasn’t settled. Villagers still refused to sell water from their boreholes, and the Christians’ crops were left to die.

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